“Why Should We Be Less?”: A Brooklyn Pesach Sheni Celebration

Thursday, May 4

7:00pm – 10:30pm (Dinner at 7, Program at 7:45, Drinks at 9)

Prospect Heights Shul, 1027 Pacific Street, Brooklyn NY 11238

Free RSVP here. Donations accepted to cover program costs.

For fifteen years, Pesach Sheni – a minor biblical holiday one month after Passover – has been reclaimed by the Israeli LGBTQ+ religious communities as a holiday of religious tolerance.

This year, communities across Brooklyn will come together to hold our own Pesach Sheni celebration with Dr. Orit Avishai, professor of sociology at Fordham University. Following dinner, Dr. Avishai will discuss her recently published book, Queer Judaism: LGBT Activism and the Remaking of Jewish Orthodoxy in Israel. Dr. Avishai will share what makes Israeli religious LGBTQ+ activism unique, and what lessons (and mistakes) can be learned for other communities pushing for social change within their respective religious and political establishments. Discussion will be moderated by Dr. Benjamin Katz, Israeli LGBTQ+ activist and postdoctoral scholar of psychology at Stony Brook University. Drinks and schmoozing to follow!

Sponsored by: Prospect Heights Shul, UJA/Federation-NY. In cooperation with: Altshul, CBE, Kane Street Synagogue, Keshet, Minyan Atara, Park Slope Jewish Center, Nolita Minyan, T’ruah.